Caldecott medal winner 'Tasha Tudor' is one of America's most loved and respected children's illustrators; and this out-of-print gem is a MASTERPIECE!!
Collector's 1977 first edition vintage hardcover book - A Time to Keep: The Tasha Tudor Book of Holidays by extraordinary artist Tasha Tudor.
Month by month, Tasha Tudor's exquisite illustrations bring to life the holidays of an earlier time. Candle-lit rooms, family party suppers, children playing with marionette dolls, a maypole, all find their way into her books.
Publisher: Rand McNally, New York, Copyright, 1977, 3rd printing 1978. Original 1977 first edition. NOT a later reprint. Not ex-library. ISBN 0528820192.
GORGEOUS full page color plates and duo page, many drawings and elaborate flower border decorations; each watercolor painting a superb work of art.
Book opens: A little girl asks her Grandma what it was like when "Mummy was me?," and Grandma answers with this nostalgic picture book presenting seasonal activities and celebrations, arranged by month from January's New Year's doings to a Christmas Night celebration.
There were homemade valentines and Easter eggs, Fourth of July picnics and family birthdays. Thanksgiving brought visits from relatives -- so many, the children had to sleep in the barn!
And finally there was Christmas, the best of all "times to keep," with handmade presents, an Advent calendar, and a "beautiful tree in a shine of candles."
Other festivities include: making maple sugar in March, dancing around the maypole in May, and a Labor Day Doll's Fair in September.
Each month is introduced by a lovely quote from Shakespeare to Mother Goose and accompanying detailed, heartwarming watercolors, framed by intricate borders of plants and animals of the author/illustrator's native New England.
A note at the end of the book gives background information on Tudor and explains how she used traditions from her childhood and adult family life as the inspiration for the book.
Illustrations include: Corgi dogs, floral bouquets, sweet children, period drawings, farm animals, historical fashion, lovely cats, & more.
Lovely floral illustrated endpapers. Photos do not fully capture beautiful color hues and exquisite detail; wait until you see these pictures up close. WOW!
Oversize folio hardcover, brilliant illustrated color glossy boards, border & pink background. 11" x 9", 64pp. Pages MINT. Binding tight. No dustjacket as issued. Excellent vintage condition.
Pages fine/bright/clean-fep lightly blind stamped. Cover excellent/bright/clean-light shelfwear includes light scuffing-few light spots/light corner bumped-spine ends bump-rubbed.
A warm celebration of family and tradition, this treasury of "times to keep" will be cherished and enjoyed all year long.
Do not pass up this Tasha Tudor collector's gem; will make a FABULOUS gift!!
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